A Note Regarding the Checklist

  • This checklist is intended to provide general guidance on inspecting industrial environments for potential health and safety hazards. It is not intended to be exhaustive. Committees should customize checklists to their own workplaces.

Emergency Preparedness

Fire Extinguishers

  • Proper type present

  • Readily accessible

  • Serviced/tagged in the past year

  • Fully charged

Emergency Equipment

  • Properly functioning eyewash station present and readily accessible when hazardous materials used

  • Deluge shower readily accessible where large volumes of chemicals handled

  • Deluge shower tested within past year

First Aid

  • First aid kit readily available

  • First aid kit fully stocked

  • List of trained first aiders posted

Emergency Procedures

  • List of emergency phone numbers posted

  • Personnel trained in emergency procedures

  • Personnel familiar with accident reporting procedures

  • Emergency lighting in place and regularly tested

  • Emergency exits marked

Safety Bulletin Boards

  • Copy of the Occupational Health and Safety Act posted

  • Current list of health and safety committee members posted

  • Minutes of last committee meeting posted

  • University Health & Safety Policy posted and current within one year

  • Copies of University Workplace Violence and Harassment posted

Security/Personal Safety

  • Where the following conditions exists, measures and procedures have been developed to address personal safety:
    - Mobile workplace
    - Handling valuables (tools, equipment, etc.)
    - Transporting people and goods
    - Working alone, in small numbers, or during off-peak hours

  • Work is scheduled to avoid, as much as possible, working alone, in small numbers or during off-peak hours

  • Cellphones, radios, buddy system, check-in procedures are used to maintain contact

  • Adequate lighting in work areas

  • Good sight lines of entrances and exits

  • Workers have a secured location, out of public sight, for person belongings (e.g. purse)

  • A means of summoning immediate assistance is available

  • Emergency phone numbers (e.g. campus police) are posted

  • Distribution of keys is controlled and recorded

  • Non-workers (e.g. visitors, contractors) are accompanied in restricted areas

Housekeeping

  • Work areas and floors clean and organized

  • Floors regularly cleaned

  • Equipment and tools put away when not in use

  • Surface dust levels low

Floors, Aisles, Stairways, Exits

  • Clear and unobstructed

  • Free of loose materials, debris, spills or worn carpeting

Lighting

  • Adequate for tasks conducted

  • Light fixtures in good condition

  • No direct or reflected glare

  • Floors, aisles and staircase are well lit

General Ventilation

  • Adequate for room conditions

  • Ventilation systems regularly inspected, tested and maintained

  • Thermal comfort maintained (temperature, humidity, air velocity)

Sanitation and Amenities

  • Eating facilities clean and tidy

  • Toilet and washroom facilities adequate and clean

  • Showers and washing facilities provided where necessary

  • Drinking water available

  • Hot and cold water available

Electrical Safety

  • Electrical cords, plugs and sockets in good condition

  • Grounded connections

  • Extension cords not used as permanent wiring

  • Electrical outlets not overloaded

Ergonomics and Materials Handling

  • Workstation heights adjustable to suit worker size

  • Chairs well designed/adjustable

  • Adequate work space

  • Regular breaks from fixed position work

  • Carts or mechanical lifting equipment available and used for handling heavy materials

  • Workers trained in proper manual materials handling and lifting

Materials Storage

  • Materials stored in bins or drawers where possible

  • Materials neatly and safely piled

  • Commonly used and heavier items stored between mid-thigh and shoulder height

  • Surrounding areas clear of obstructions

  • Racks, shelves or pallets kept in good condition

Chemical Safety

Chemical Storage

  • Properly labeled

  • Proper chemical segregation

  • Proper storage shelving

  • Tidy and uncluttered

WHMIS

  • Containers WHMIS labeled

  • Current MSDSs readily available at all times

  • All personnel trained in WHMIS, hazards and safe use of chemicals

  • Chemical inventory available

Chemical Spills

  • Spill kit available

  • All personnel trained in spill cleanup procedures

Chemical Wastes

  • Containers properly labeled

  • Proper storage

  • Regular disposal

  • Personnel trained in proper waste disposal procedures

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Proper personal protective equipment matched to the specific hazard - available and worn

  • Protective equipment regularly inspected and maintained

  • Employee trained in proper use

Compressed Gas Cylinders

  • Properly secured to fixed object

  • Properly labeled

  • Valve cap on when not in use

  • Away from heat or ignition sources

Ladders

  • In good condition

  • Free of grease, oil or debris

  • Ladders exceeding 6m properly secured when in use

  • Non-conductive ladders used in electrical areas

Hand and Portable Tools

  • In good working order and condition

  • Regularly inspected and maintained

  • Electrical grounding or double insulation protection

  • Users properly trained

  • Properly stored when not in use

Machinery and Guarding

  • In good working order and condition

  • Regularly inspected and maintained

  • Proper guarding on pinch points, in-running nip points and points of operation

  • Fixed guards in place and in good condition

  • Operating controls guarded against inadvertent activation

  • Operating controls locked and key removed when not in use

  • Isolation and lockout provided for servicing and maintenance

  • Users properly trained

  • Operator manual present

Power Lifting Equipment

  • Equipment, chains, slings, ropes and hooks in good condition

  • Labeled as to rated working load

  • Annual inspection records available

  • Operated only by trained and competent personnel

Electrical Power Systems

  • High voltage and control panels closed and secured

  • Control panels identified and accessible

  • Wiring, insulation and fixtures in good condition

  • Lockout/tagout system in place

  • Equipment protected from fluids

Noise

  • Hazardous noise areas identified and marked

  • Hearing protection available and worn in designated areas

  • Workers trained in noise hazards and use of hearing protection

Confined Spaces

  • Access is secured

  • Entry by permit only

  • All workers have been trained

  • Rescue plan is in place

  • All equipment (including air monitors and rescue equipment is present)

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